Book Review: A River Enchanted

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Title: A River Enchanted
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: 2022
Publishing House: Harper Voyager

I picked this book for my birthday from Book of the Month. I flew through it in a week. This is a series but there are only two and the second book A Fire Endless, is set to release in December of 2022.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, and she hopes Jack can draw them forth by song, enticing them to return the missing girls.

As Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together, they find they make better allies than rivals as their partnership turns into something more. But with each passing song, it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than they first expected, and an older, darker secret about Cadence lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.

With unforgettable characters, a fast-paced plot, and compelling world building, A River Enchanted is a stirring story of duty, love, and the power of true partnership, and marks Rebecca Ross’s brilliant entry on the adult fantasy stage.

This book is about magic and music, it is full of love and pain. On Cadence there a few certainties: the spirits provide the magic that gets woven into the cloth and the Breccans are the enemy. At its heart this book is about identity. The island of Cadence is split in two: east and west, Tamerlaines and Breccans in a world ruled by spirits.

Jack is angry, unsure of who he is and of his place in the Tamerlaine clan. Adaira is the heiress, sure of her place on the island and with her clan. She does everything in her power to help her people. They appear to be opposites but they learn together what they are willing to sacrifice for their family.

The setting for this story is beautiful, idilic; a place where dark things shouldn’t happen. Ross’ writing pulls the reader in to this world of spirits and music. I suggest this book for fans of fantasy, for fans of redemption, and for those looking to dive into identity. Happy reading!

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